Local Players in National Clay Court Championship


The ladies in the Ladies Nationals are very tough so all of our local players are now in the consolation draw. They all played tough but opponents a little tougher!

Schedule of upcoming matches for local players:

Leila Anne Rowan – Monday @ 11:00 AM – April 14

Pat Louis & Dottie Robinson – Monday @ 1:00 – April 14

Maria Markwalter & Caffey Litkenhaus – Monday @ 1:00 – April 14

Leila Anne Rowan & Peggy Newberry – Monday @ 3:00 – April 14


Below are the times for our local players who will be competing in the National Clay Court Championship at HTC beginning Saturday, April 12. Hopefully, many of you will be able to come out and cheer them on! It should be beautiful weather. Thanks to Penny Sumners who will keep us informed on how our lovely ladies compete.

Saturday – April 12 @ 1:00 – Leila Anne Rowan and Peggy Newberry

Saturday – April 12 @ 1:00 – Pat Louis and Dottie Robinson

Saturday – April 12 @ 1:00 – Caffey Litkenhaus and Maria Markwalter

Sunday – April 13 @ 11:00 – Leila Anne Rowan


President’s Message – April 2014

I am so proud to be associated with such a wonderful group of ladies. We are starting the New Year with a bang.
Thank you to the Chairs of the Membership Social, JoAnn Brown and Linda Baumbach and our hostess, Marsha Gates for their leadership to make this social a success. What a great board for agreeing to make recipes that will be featured in our HWTA cookbook. We are all such great cooks and everyone loved the food both savory and sweet. Our attendance was just over 80 people and Marsha’s home was perfect for the event.

Moving on to our next event, please mark your calendars for April 24-27, 2014 for our annual member only spring tournament. Kim and Melinda have been working hard at providing great player gifts and prizes for the winners. I hope everyone will grab a partner and enjoy this fun tournament. For the new members, this is a great way to meet players that you may not see on the courts. All players will enjoy great tennis, food and fellowship.
Please remember to pre-order your HWTA cookbooks. All the recipes from the membership social will be in the book.
See you on the courts!
Karen Morris
President, HWTA

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HWTA 2014 Spring Tennis Tournament – Entry Deadline April 18th

The HWTA 2014 Spring Tennis Tournament – “SERVE IT UP” is going to be held at the Huntsville Tennis Center 24-27 April. This event is open to all the tennis ladies. This is your opportunity to have a little Spring Break with your tennis friends. Just grab a partner, fill out the entry form under the Pages section on the right hand column of Dropshots and get ready to enjoy fun times, an assortment of food, and exciting tennis matches to be played. Everyone entering is going to get a special players gift, so don’t miss out! “Serve It Up” is coming soon – 24-27 April. Mark your calendars now!

Kim McCandless – Tournament Director

National Tournament coming to Huntsville!

Mark your calendar for the upcoming Nationals Tennis Tournament that begins April 11-17. You have the opportunity to see some awesome tennis and gain some tips for taking your game to another level in both singles and doubles. These women are world champions in their age groups of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Some have played in the French Open as well as at Wimbledon in their younger years. They will be coming from all over the continental U.S. as well as Hawaii. Our very own Caffey Litkenhous and Maria Markwalter and others from Huntsville will be playing, so come out and support our HWTA members. Play begins on Saturday and continues through the week from 9:00-4:00 each day.

The tournament will begin with a welcome dinner on Friday night for all the players. Many special events are planned including an “Afternoon Party” at the lovely Southern home of Sally Walker.

These players love coming to Huntsville because of our Southern hospitality and are in awe of the HWTA organization. Many thanks to all the HWTA members who help make this tournament one of the best.

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Renew your HWTA membership now!

If you have not yet renewed your HWTA membership for 2014, now is the time. There’s a lot going on in HWTA this year, but after April 30 you will no longer receive the e-mails that keep you up-to-date on HWTA members and events, you will no longer receive the HWTA newsletter and there will be no copy of the 2014 HWTA handbook with your name on it. Don’t let this happen to you! The membership form is in the Pages section of Dropshots and Della is waiting to hear from you. Please renew now! HWTA wants you!!!

Order your cookbook now

Don’t forget to order your HWTA cookbook. Just $25.00 will guarantee you a copy of this keepsake cookbook full of recipes from your friends and fellow tennis players. There will be photos of The Huntsville Tennis Center and interesting historic facts about Huntsville’s tennis history from the 1930’s to today. All the profits go towards the Huntsville Tennis Center expansion – more courts and additional parking.
The delivery date is September 2014. Order several for holiday gifts. Just fill out the form below and send your check to Martha Hamilton.

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Name _____________________________________________

Address ____________________________________________

Phone _____________________________________________

Number of copies _________ @ $25.00 = ____________

You may also mail your order form to: Martha Hamilton
106 Old Vinings Way
Madison, AL 35756

HWTA Membership Social

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The Huntsville Women’s Tennis Association celebrated its annual Membership Social on February 25, 2014. A special thanks goes to Marsha Gates who hosted the event at her lovely home.
This year about 80 current and prospective members feasted on foods that will be included in the new HWTA cookbook which will be published this spring. Everyone enjoyed tasting and rating each of the foods.
A special thanks goes to past presidents who served punch and coffee and members who provided the food and helped behind the scene with dishwashing and clean up.
It was a lovely event and was enjoyed by all who attended.

Submitted by JoAnn Brown

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A Member’s Viewpoint

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Marsha Gates held the HWTA spring social at her home, and I was delighted to be able to attend. This was actually my first ever HWTA social event. My friend and tennis partner, Joy Brindley, invited me to go with her. She was able to take the day off, and invited me to do the same for a change. Working on a daily basis can be difficult to find time and coverage to attend functions during the daytime. But somehow, I managed to sneak out and come for a visit. I was amazed at the number of ladies that attended. It seemed as if I knew everyone there. I see most of these ladies on a daily basis. Whether it is coming out for leagues, round robins, lessons or playing cards, I saw a lot of familiar faces that day.

I also realized how many of the ladies I actually grew up with, that knew me or my parents from playing tennis. My mother and father were avid tennis players, so I grew up playing with their children, and traveling to many tennis tournaments with their families.
Marsha’s home was fabulous! Marsha took us on a tour of her home, and I could not help but admire all the handy work that she and her husband had put into making it such a great place to come home too. Her patio where the atmosphere was so inviting was the focal point of the social. The appetizers with the cookbook recipes was another great idea. Of course the taste testing was the best part.

I really enjoyed the time with the ladies that day. Even though I see most of them during the day, while I’m working, it is usually a quick “hello, how are you doing” before rushing out for a match or a lesson. And Marsha’s home and hospitality made the day very special to me. She certainly was the “hostess with the mostest.”

Contributed by Tani Deaton
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